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Grade 7 Up–Like Knitgrrl (Watson-Guptill, 2005), this is an eye-catching introduction to the craft. Varied typeface and print color as well as a mix of excellent color photography and illustrations make this book fun to read and explore. Clear, step-by-step directions are extremely helpful for learning the basics. Each of the 16 projects includes skills, size, finished measurements, materials, gauge, pattern, finishing, and a color photo. Teens can create flip-flops, book covers, a jacket collar, a headband/choker, a pencil purse, a water-bottle holder, a beauty-to-go bag, a belt, a kerchief, a cardigan, a scarf, a necklace, wrist/ankle bracelets, a poncho, a tank top, and a beach bag. Materials are easily obtainable in sewing/craft stores. About two dozen tips are interspersed throughout the text. This delightful book is sure to please experienced as well as new knitters.–Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. This sequel to the popular Knitgrrl (2005) begins with very similar chapters on materials and instructions for basic knitting before hitting its stride with 16 new projects. The colorful format features pictures of the finished projects, usually modeled by teens; step-by-step photos of techniques such as cable cast-on and three-needle bind off; and computer-assisted illustrations of the projects in various stages of construction. Knitters with questions are invited to pose them on the Knitgrrl Web site, and a number of other helpful sites are appended. Projects include a cropped tank top, wrist and ankle bracelets, a sports bottle holder, and a striped cardigan. Great for inspiration as well as practical help in mastering the art of creating wearable and usable knitted projects. Carolyn Phelan
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